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    • Day4


      October 15, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Although the day was quite overcast, the temperature was over 30c in the morning. It felt very humid, but the weather app says it’s only about 70%. The beauty of gardening here is that everything grows really well. Last time we were here we helped with re-potting a plant. The process was simply to tip it out of the pot, hack most of the roots off with a large cleaver and then re-pot with fresh soil. The climate does the rest and everything grows almost despite what is done to it.

      During the morning the Olive-Backed Sun Bird appeared on the ornamental ginger plant. Only about 4 inches (12cm ) long, looking a bit like a large humming bird with its long beak for getting nectar from flowers. While it can hover to collect food, this one just sat to drink from the ginger flowers.

      The dessert after lunch was a selection of fruit - Pineapple, Guava, Water Melon and Papaya. The small dishes contain salt and assam powder. Assam is a Malay word for dried sour plumbs. 5 a day - easy.

      The afternoon storm was not as spectacular as yesterday’s but I love sitting outside watching it.

      1-Utama is a large shopping mall containing many eating places. 5 floors and 1,000m long it’s a good place to get in some paces. The mall prides itself on being Malaysia’s “first green mall” collecting 2.35 million gallons of rain water to use in all of the toilets (weather permitting). They also boast to conserving 287,833kWh of energy per month through the building’s automation systems. They’d save a lot more energy if they turned the a/c up to above freezing.

      One can never have enough desserts so we had them with our evening meal (another Chendol and a peanut cream). I was expecting the peanut cream to be cold but it came out hot and runny rather like peanut butter mixed with a small amount of boiling water and warmed up to take the roof of your mouth off. It was a new experience. Like so much of the food, it was laden with extra sugar. The desserts we took home were kueh (kway) flavoured with green pandan leaves. The green and white is Kuih Talam Pandan, a 2-layer Nyonya kuih dessert, the meaning of “talam” is tray. The top white layer is made with coconut milk, it is soft and slightly salty. The bottom green layer is made with pandan juice and has some alkaline water added, it is sweet and has a chewy texture. The green dome was a very squidgy kway with a coconut and cane sugar filling. Yes you can spell,ugh many different ways.

      The video of the woman with the bowl shows how they clean jade. It’s placed in the bowl on top of something (I’ll have to do more research) she then runs a piece of wood around the edge of the bowl that then vibrates and hums, finished off by striking the bowl three times. As I said, more research needed.

      Gate painting tomorrow so up early.
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      Fab photo!

      Andy n Bunny Briggs

      Thanks. I was impressed too!

    • Day9

      1-Utama Secret Gardens

      October 20, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Not just secret, but hidden😡 “... the 30,000sqft Secret Garden, the largest rooftop garden in Southeast Asia: it is a popular tourist attraction with over 500 species of exotic flora”

      Today’s Sunday, Jan goes to the temple for prayers. We were on a mission to find Jan something she can listen to music from her phone on.

      A quick lunch and then Bun and I were dropped off at 1U while Jan continued on to the temple.

      The Secret Gardens are not well signposted but Bun had a rough idea of how to find them, other than the obvious - they are on the roof. Only a couple of lifts go to the roof, the one we found was a service elevator with a checker plate patched floor and walls that had been well bashed. It was a surprise to arrive at a clean and bright lobby before walking into the gardens that were well kept and receiving a constant dose of fine mist from a spray system.
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    • Day5

      Durian and La-la

      October 16, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

      Many years ago, Bill (Bun’s dad) described durian as the tastiest custard you’ll ever eat but smells like the worst ever public toilets. That was actually quite accurate. Having travelled in India it out-competes some pretty rank toilets.

      It’s related to cacao but went on to develop a sulphurous odour to (apparently) attract orangutans and other primates.

      “Durian fruit is generally slightly oval, about a foot wide and covered in formidable looking spikes. The fruit can weigh between two to seven pounds, and this is heavy enough that in holding it in your hands by the body of the fruit, instead of the stem, it could potentially pierce the skin. However, its otherworldly appearance is dwarfed by another one of its attributes – the smell. Durians have a strong, rank smell that permeates the outer shell and lingers long after the fruit has been removed. Due to its overpowering smell, durian has been banned on many types of public transport across Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong. In Singapore, the fruit is banned across all types of public transportation and even taxis have signs to let you know they refuse to carry passengers transporting the smelly fruit.”

      Anyhow, Jan has kept us some as the season has just finished ... beautiful, but still very smelly. What on earth tempted someone to fight through the smell to taste it? Maybe they had a cold at the time?

      La-la is the Malays for clams ... another of Bun’ favourites. Jan’s task this evening was to find Bun some la-la which she did very well. I hope that you are paying attention to all of these meals because there will be a test later. The highlight for me was another fresh coconut. They are full of juice and tender white flesh, the only drink I can find that hasn’t been adulterated with added sugar or sweetener.
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      Given what a strong component smell is of taste, I never understand how the ‘smells disgusting, tastes delicious’ theory works. Being an avid fan of tropical fruit I’ve tried it on several occasions and always wished I hadn’t bothered - never had any without a lingering taste of the smell. Give me a ripe mango any day 🥭

    • Day3

      Home for the next week

      October 14, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Arrived at G’ma Jan’s (Bun’s stepmother) on the outskirts of KL. Hot and humid. A day for staying awake and eating the local food. We went to a local shopping mall for lunch and supplies from a supermarket. We all ate Nasi Lemak for lunch plus a bowl of fruit rojack, (rojack means “mix”, Jan told us that it is also used to refer to mixed marriages or mixed race). The fruit rojack contained pineapple, turnip, mango and cucumber all covered with a strong, sweet tasting sauce containing shrimp paste along with a deep-fried poppadom-looking crispy thing. Strange bedfellows, but it works. Bun drank a hot lime with assam (salted plumb) which probably contained a bag of sugar to counteract the lime and salt.

      We went home for a brief nap during which time there was a 90 minute electric storm that took the electric out 4 times. Thunder rumbled throughout the storm. I love electrical storms but Bun isn’t too keen on them.

      Dinner was at an old outdoor medan selera (food court). Unfortunately, what should have taken 30 mins to drive, took about 90 mins and someone the stalls had already closed by the time we arrived. However, plenty of selection remained. We are fortunate in that Bun spent the first 12 years of her life in Malaysia and we have always had Bun’s father and stepmother as a guides when buying street food. While the visible hygiene has improved over the years, the environment probably puts off a lot of visitors who either stick to hotel food or international chains and miss out on what we consider to be the tastiest, most freshly cooked and value for money food that we come across anywhere. It was interesting to see the “medan selera” concept being created at a number of locations in London. Off to bed, it’s been a long day since 6:15am Sunday morning. Next door are having an e tension built and the workmen will be starting at 8:00. Goodnight.
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      Street food was definitely the tastiest but a little alarming 😱. Geoff’s choice; deep fried chicken feet 🤢😂


      Think it should actually read that I spent the first ’12 years of my life in Malaysia‘ - built up a healthy appetite for weird and wonderful food during that time - now trying to cram as much as I possibly can into a weeks stay here 🤣🤣


      Did you chomp through that red chilli?!

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    • Day6

      Diwali and Pho Viet

      October 17, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

      Went back to 1-Utama for a Vietnamese dinner. Other than the food was fantastic, we were most intrigued by the tea pot and how the handle actually makes it easy to hold.

      In 1-Utama they are preparing for Diwali by producing a large Kolam using coloured rice

      Diwali, Divali, Deepavali or Dipavali is a four to five day-long (varying as per Hindu Calendar) festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists every autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere).

      One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance." Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.

      Forgot to mention dropping off for a combination dessert of two favourites, cendol and durian ... yes a durian cendol!
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      Ah! Fond memories of our stay in KL......and watching the symphony waterfalls at night try to stay cool in the evening!!


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    • Day120

      Kuala Lumpur - Petronas Towers & Co

      January 24, 2020 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Hai, di sana Zusammen,

      Wahnsinn wie die Zeit vergeht, wir haben nun 4 Tage in Kuala Lumpur verbracht und jetzt geht es weiter zu unserer letzten Station in Malaysia, nach Malakka wo wir das chinesische Neujahrsfest zelebrieren werden😎

      Kuala Lumpur ist eine unglaublich coole Stadt an die wir schon einige Erwartungen hatten, die aber auch Alles andere als enttäuscht wurden😇

      So haben wir zum Beispiel einige Zeit an den Petronas Towers verbracht, da der angrenzende Park wirklich nett ist und das ganze drumherum ebenfalls absolut sehenswert ist. Und das sogar bei Tag und Nacht. Der Springbrunnen im KLCC Garden, direkt hinter den Türmen kommt quasi erst in der Dunkelheit in Fahrt 😂 Dann erwacht das Teil, von Musik und einer Lichtshow begleitet nämlich erstmal zum Leben. Was tagsüber ein nettes Geplätscher ist, wird ab 20 Uhr zu einem Live Event, das hunderte Menschen anzieht. Absolut cool.

      Das U-Bahn System ist manchmal etwas undurchsichtig da mehrere Betreiber das Netz bedienen, aber mit viel Geduld, Einfallsreichtum und Glück läuft es dann auch reibungslos. Und es ist obendrein unfassbar günstig. Unsere weiteste Fahrt ging bis außerhalb Kuala Lumpurs zu den Batu Caves und nach 30 Min Fahrzeit und 37 Cent pro Person später kamen wir auf entspannte 20 Grad herunter klimatisiert dort an.😂

      Ein Hindu Tempel der Superlative. Nach 272 Treppenstufen gelangt frau in eine 100m hohe Höhle in der sich auch ein weiterer Tempel befindet. Absoluter Wahnsinn. Vorher passiert frau noch eine riesige Buddhafigur und hat dann auch noch einen Blick auf die Skyline von Kuala Lumpur. Besser gehts kaum. Ach ja der Eintritt ist übrigens kostenlos. Frau muss nur ein wenig obacht geben, da es einen Haufen ziemlich frecher Affen gibt, die sich darauf spezialisiert haben alles zu klauen was nicht niet- und nagelfest ist 😂 Dummerweise sind die Affen im Vergleich zu einen Vielzahl der Touris ziemlich clever, weshalb sie reiche Beute machen. Was allerdings dazu führt, dass es neben dem Tempel und vor allem für Menschen schwer erreichbare Ecken ziemlich zugemüllt ist, da die Cleverness leider ihre Grenze bei der Mülltrennung erreicht. Ähnlich wie bei vielen der Touris, aber das ist ein anderes Thema.

      Unser dritter Tag in KL war geprägt von einem 7 KM Walk der uns zu diversen Sehenswürdigkeiten der Stadt führte. Wir besuchten verschiedene Moscheen, historische Gebäude, wie zum Beispiel das alte Postamt, einen Zentralmarkt und futterten uns durch zwei Foodcourts. Eine wahre Wonne sag ich euch. Und unfassbar günstig. Im Vergleich zu Malaysia ist Thailand geradezu Wucher 😋 was bei dem Lebensstandard im Königreich wirklich erstaunlich ist.

      Fazit: Kuala Lumpur ist eine Wahnsinnstadt die wir mit Sicherheit nicht zum letzten Mal besucht haben. Wir haben noch den dringenden Wunsch eine Rooftoobar zu besuchen. Was bei einer Weltreise auf Grund des Budgets und vor allem der herrschenden Kleiderordnung nicht realisierbar war. Dann beim nächsten Mal!😎
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      So tolle bunte Bilder während wir die Abfahrt in kitz schaun genießt Ihr die warmen Temperaturen und viele Sehenswürdigkeiten weiterhin alles Gute u glg aus lienz

      Reisegruppe Regenbogen

      Danke ganz lieb 😍 glg ins winterliche Osttirol 😘


      wow soo schön..... jetzt habt ihr ja schon viel gesehen...alles gute für euch zwei😍😍🙋🏻

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    • Day5

      Mad dogs and Englishmen

      October 16, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      I don’t want anyone to think that a week in KL is “a holiday”. Bun is working hard to devour everything she remembers from her childhood and there are chores to be completed.

      When there is plenty of time, painting a gate should be quite therapeutic. When it’s hot and humid and the paint dries very fast, it becomes less of a mindfulness session and more a race against time. It’s made less of a chore when I little gecko visits - thankfully not running across the fresh paint, and the sun bird kept popping past.

      Rewards are usually food orientated. Another food hall, another selection. I had a sizzling plate, Bun had a fish ball noodle soup, a sharing plate of popia - rice pancake with vegetables, turnip, beansprouts and chilli 🌶. All very tasty. Drinks were iced kopi (coffee), assam boi and an iced tea. Dessert will be somewhere else. We went and had a tau foo far, a soya bean curd with cane sugar and ginger syrup.

      Each stall rents a space from the owner of the food hall who runs the drinks counter, no other stall sells drinks. Someone is employed to collect all of the bowls and wash that all bowls are returned to the correct stall, each one has their own colour, hence the differently coloured plates on our table.
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      A man hard at work!!

      Andy n Bunny Briggs

      I was checking the weather

    • Day8

      Putting my foot in it

      October 19, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Forecast was to be dry. It actually stayed dry until late afternoon. Hopefully the paint will stay on the gate this time.


      Gate is looking very impressive 😁


      Loving the updates.... hope the paint comes off.... safe travels to Australia..... xxx

    • Day5

      Regenwald FRIM

      April 8, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Dieser Regenwald liegt 22km nördlich von KL und ist ein beliebtes Ziel für Familien am Wochenende. Man kann hier picknicken, wandern und sich im Wasser abkühlen.
      Leider waren viele der Wanderwege durch den Regenwald gesperrt. Einen Weg haben wir dann aber doch noch gefunden :)Read more

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